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With the Beat diesel launch just a few days away, General Motors India President and Managing Director Karl Slym has said, “There is always a possibility of extending the diesel option to what customers demand.” Willingness to add a diesel variant to the current line of cars can only translate to the possibility of the Chevrolet Spark diesel to be on cards for GM where the company would want to make the most of the market demanding diesel cars with petrol prices touching an all-time high. Also Read - India to be Under Lockdown For 21 Days, Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Spike to 536
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Adding to it, the capacity of the Talegaon plant is of 1.6 lakh units annually of which diesel powertrains are also a part and so it has the capacity to meet the extra requirements of the market.The only cars from the Chevrolet stable which do not sport a diesel engine are the Chevrolet Aveo U-VA hatch and the Aveo sedan. These two cars haven’t been doing exceptionally well in our market and are due for an upgrade. It is therefore highly unlikely that these two cars will be the ones with the diesel heart transplant.
The Chevrolet Spark diesel would make an excellent addition to the Chevrolet profile while it shares the same new engine with the Beat thus making Spark the cheapest diesel car after Tata’s workhorse – the Indica V2.